Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid have done it. They have secured their 34th La Liga title after winning 10 consecutive matches after the lock-down. Villarreal was arguably the toughest test yet, but the team jumped the hurdle with another 3 points. Karim Benzema bagged a brace, Luka Modric rolled back the clock once again, and in bizarre fashion Sergio Ramos was awarded a penalty from referee Hernandez Hernandez.
Congratulations to the Champions, now we celebrate!
*WARNING: Euphoric feelings may have inflated some of these ratings:
Thibaut Courtois—9: Thibaut earned his sainthood tonight with an incredible double save in the final minutes of the match to preserve Madrid’s win and lead the team to the La Liga title like he has all season long. A worthy, worthy Zamora.
Dani Carvajal—6.5: Nearly scored in the early minutes of the match with a deft touch lofted over Sergio Asenjo.
Raphael Varane—7: Contributed with a team high of 3 clearances and won every one of his four aerial duels on the night.
Sergio Ramos—8.5: Game after game post-lock down Sergio Ramos has brought an insatiable hunger and desire. Drove forward again today to win the ball aggressively and then dribble towards Villarreal’s box before earning a penalty which he subsequently rewarded to Karim Benzema.
Mendy—6.5: Slightly reserved in attack, but won all of his aerial duels (2) and completed 3 tackles.
Casemiro—7: It was the Brazilian who won the ball and timed his interception to perfection on Madrid’s first goal and fed Modric who released Karim Benzema through on goal.
Luka Modric—9: Luka Modric has turned back time post-quarantine. The midfielder has been a man possessed and it was as if he had three lungs again, covering multiple positions and dictating the flow of the game. Team high of 3 key passes, 3 completed dribbles, and 3 tackles.
Toni Kroos—7.5: Typical Toni Kroos game where he sprayed his passes on the pitch with relative ease and perfection. Had the most passes on the field (66) and had pass accuracy of 98%. In the first half, did a nice job of switching the field of play to off-set Villarreal’s deep block.
Rodrygo Goes—6.5: Still feels like the Brazilian is a bit more conservative with his play on the right side of the pitch, but did provide a couple of dangerous opportunities with low driven crosses.
Eden Hazard—6.5: After another injury lay-off, the Belgian was clearly still finding his match rhythm. Despite that, Villarreal struggled to keep him locked down and fouled Hazard 5 times (match high). He finished the match with 3 completed dribbles.
Karim Benzema—9: A worthy brace for the man who has had to shoulder the attack all season long. The Frenchman has stepped up when the team needed him most and has become one of most critical pieces to Zidane’s squad.
Vinicius JR—7: Was robbed of one of the assist's of the season with a brilliant bit of skill and trickery to set-up Marco Asensio for what would have been Madrid’s third.
Marco Asensio—6: Scored Madrid’s third after Vinicius slalomed through multiple defenders, but the goal was disallowed by VAR.
Isco—N/A: Entered in the 84th minute to secure the victory and bring fresh legs.
Fede Valverde—N/A: Entered in the 84th minute to secure the victory and bring fresh legs.
Lucas Vazquez—N/A: Entered in the 84th minute to secure the victory and bring fresh legs.